Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£35,333 per annum
08 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
29 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow to join a Parasitology research team working on liver fluke biology.

The group focusses on understanding pathogen biology at the organismal level to expose new targets for therapy-based control.

A research position focussed on the exploitation of stem cells as targets for the control of the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica. To advance a programme of research aimed at exploiting and developing new understanding of stem cell biology in liver fluke with a view to new flukicide target discovery and validation. To foster academic enterprise and knowledge transfer with relevant industrial partners in the project.

The successful candidate will undertake a role in the planning and delivery of research activities focused on the functional genomics of liver fluke to build an understanding of their stem cell biology. This research focus will be at the interface between parasite stem cell biology and new drug discovery. The project focusses on liver fluke stem cells and will investigate the role of neoblasts in flukicide resistance.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Have recently completed a PhD or submitted a PhD thesis in helminth parasitology or a related field  
  • At least 3 years recent relevant research experience in helminth parasitology research, to include molecular parasitology, helminth parasite culture, parasite functional genomics and the development of novel bioassays for parasite phenotype assessment
  • Experience of experimental design and statistical analysis of experimental outcomes.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria please click the Candidate Information link below.

This post is fixed term for 12 months.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: www.qub.ac.uk/diversitywww.qub.ac.uk/qgi and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Paul McVeigh at paul.mcveigh@qub.ac.uk

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